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Important information for parents/carers regarding new Snapchat update
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Year 3 Stone Age Day


As part of our topic on The Stone Age, Year 3 went to the Rising Sun Country Park. This was a fantastic opportunity for the children to experience firsthand what life was like in the Stone Age. The children took part in threshing and grinding of wheat to make flour. They made flat breads from dough and cooked them on the campfire. Some of us tried them with honey! We looked at a Celtic hut and compared it to Stone Age housing and materials used at the time. Lastly, the children enjoyed building dens using materials found outside – our challenge was to stay dry and fit our whole group in our den.  

See the pictures..
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Year 2 Pirate Themed team building at The Rising Sun



AHOOOOOOY!!! On Wednesday 24th May, Year 2 visited The Rising Sun dressed as Pirates! We had such a wonderful fun filled day with team building activities. We really enjoyed using a map to locate different treasure to crack the code and taking part in pirate survival. We learnt how to build a den which would protect us and how to make a successful fire.  All of the children came back exhausted but had an amazing day.
Many of the children said “It was the best day of their lives.”

A huge thank you to all the parents who were able to join us!
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Year 3 visit to a mosque



Year 3 enjoyed a trip to Whitley Bay Mosque this term. When they arrived they were greeted by the Imam who took them into the mosque, once all shoes had been taken off. The Imam explained that they needed to take their shoes off to keep the carpet clean as it’s used for praying.  The Imam was extremely friendly and told the children all they needed to know about what it means to be a Muslim. The children found out about Allah, peace, The Five Pillars of Islam, Mecca, praying and Ramadan.  They were all extremely engaged, interested and well behaved throughout the talk and were keen to find out more. At the end of the visit, the children were offered a Qur’an souvenir to take back to school.

A brilliant afternoon Thanks to all the parents who helped out.
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Skipping Challenge

Year 4A attended the North Tyneside Skipping Festival on Monday 12th June. They completed a range of skipping challenges including individual, paired and group events.  The children also performed a skipping dance to ‘Sole Dance’ by Martin Jensen. All children worked hard to practise their skills for the event and enjoyed taking part in the afternoon. The children made our school extremely proud winning 3 Gold, 6 silver and 2 bronze certificates for their excellent skipping
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Year 4 Author Visit



Year 4 received a visit from Chris Callaghan, author of the book, ‘The Great Chocoplot’. Chris talked about what it was like to be a published author, where he got his inspiration from and read extracts from his book, which we will be reading as a class through the Summer Term. Children worked in groups to write their own chocolate stories using the names of chocolate bars to inspire them. Children had great fun – except when they found out that the world’s chocolate was going to run out in six days time #ChocolatePanicFace.
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Year 3 visit to the Great North Museum



On 4th April, Year 3 visited the Great North Museum to link with our topic of ancient Egypt. We really enjoyed the workshop finding out about ancient Egyptian society from artefacts. We had to use evidence from the artefacts to decide which section of society they belonged to. We had to choose from the pharaoh, viziers, scribes, priests or farmers. It was fun.

We also spent time in other exhibitions in the museum, including the Romans, Fossils, Life in the Sea, Bones and Dinosaurs. 

A huge thank you to the parent helpers who came with us.
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The Government has launched its new Childcare Choices website: www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

Childcare Choices brings all the government childcare offers together for the first time, providing a simple way of seeing which schemes are available, with easy next steps to where families can find out more. 

The Childcare Choices website includes

 A Childcare Calculator, where families can quickly find out about the childcare offers available to them and identify the options that work best for them. 

Checking 30 Hour Eligibility

Parents can now check if they are eligible for the 30 hours entitlement using https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/

Eligible families will receive an eligibility code. which providers will validate using North Tyneside’s Early Years Portal, when it is launched in mid June 2017.  

See the attached ‘Provider Guides (attached) and Government’s 30 hours operational guidance (link below) for additional detail.

30 Hours Operational Guidance

The Government have published operational guidance, which is available at

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/610170/Operational_guidance.pdf

Information Sessions for Schools intending to Deliver the full 30 Hours Entitlement

The sessions are for those schools who intend to directly offer BOTH the universal 15 hours and the additional 15 hours (i.e. not in partnership with an external provider). 

They will provide an opportunity to find out how the 30 hours will operate in North Tyneside and to discuss any issues you may have regarding providing the 30 hours.  The sessions will take place on: 

19th May 10:00-11:00 Quadrant East, Cobalt Business Park, North Tyneside, NE27 0BY

19th May 11:30-12:30 Quadrant East, Cobalt Business Park, North Tyneside, NE27 0BY

If you would like to attend but are unable to make the sessions on the 19th, please get in touch and we will try and make alternative arrangements. 

If you are interested in attending then please email sarah.godlington@northtyneside.gov.uk  with the details of the session you are interested in attending by 10th May 2017.  Places are limited to a maximum of 2 people per school.    

Download the Choices resources@

* Information Sheet
* Poster
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Guide to internet safety and safe surfing for young people from Think U Know. ... Are you... 5-7? 8-10? 11-13? 14+? Parent? Teacher/Trainer? Laptop users. Take a look now - Thinkuknow

NSPCC Guide to keeping children safe on-line - Net-Aware
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Stone Age Day


On Wednesday 12th October Year 3 visited the Rising Sun Country Park to take part in a Stone Age day. Firstly, we learnt how to make dough which we made into flat bread and then we baked it on an open fire. It was delicious! We learnt how to thresh the wheat to remove the grain. Then we learnt how to winnow it to remove the chaff. It was such hard work to make a small amount of flour! We also made dens using lots of natural material – the rain and the mud did not stop us!
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We would like to tell you about two important programmes being launched on Monday 4 July that are designed to help professionals keep pace with and protect children from the changing landscape of risk. They are both free to use and we believe, will be valuable in helping schools and social care providers keep children safe.

THINKUKNOW

1.    Thinkuknow is an award-winning on and offline safety programme for children and young people, professionals and parents that has been developed by the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command.

PARENT INFO

1.    Developed by CEOPs and internet parenting charity, Parent Zone, Parent Info provides up-to-date, expert information for parents on a range of concerns they may have about children and young people, which is designed for schools to post on their own website.
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Upper Key Stage 2 Visit the Mandir in Newcastle

As part of our RE studies on Hinduism, Upper Key Stage 2 visited the Mandir – a Hindu Temple – in Newcastle.  After taking off our shoes (a mark of respect in the Hindu religion) the Pandit gave a talk about the Hindu temple, how Hindus worship, an explanation of the deities on display and the different festivals that occur throughout the Hindu calendar.  It was very informative and interesting and everyone really enjoyed it.
After the talk, we were given time to explore the Mandir by ourselves.  We were really fascinated by the pictures on the wall, the offerings to the deities that had been left by people who came to worship and the bell which called Hindus to prayer.  The Pandit then conducted a question and answer session with us before he signalled the call to prayer (arti) at 11 am.
We felt really privileged to be able to stay and observe the arti.  It gave us the opportunity to witness the ceremony first hand and to show respect for other people within our community.

A special thank you goes to the Pandit for his very interesting tour and talk and also to the parents who accompanied us on our visi
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High Borrans



Another very successful residential visit to High Borrans!  48 Y5 and Y6 pupils made the journey, once again, across to the Lake District for a week of outdoor adventures.  Our adventures included canoeing, ghyll scrambling, caving, orienteering, abseiling, fell walking, mountaineering and self-led walks.  What an amazing experience!

Everyone was prepared for every challenge and did so with a huge smile and bags of enthusiasm.  Being the Lake District, we had a wide range of weather but it didn’t stop us from having fun.  Food and accommodation were, once again, awesome and the children were fabulous.

Please check the High Borrans notice board in PE corridor to fully appreciate this amazing experience.  Who knows ...?  Next year it could be you.

How many more sleeps until next year’s visit?
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